Ontogenic expression of anterior pituitary GABA(B) receptor subunits

Bianchi, M. and Rey-Roldán, E. and Bettler, B. and Ristig, D. and Malitschek, B. and Libertun, C. and Lux-Lantos, V.. (2001) Ontogenic expression of anterior pituitary GABA(B) receptor subunits. Neuropharmacology, Vol. 40, H. 2. pp. 185-192.

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gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is involved in the neuroendocrine control of hypophyseal secretion, acting both in the central nervous system and directly at the pituitary. We have characterized the properties of anterior pituitary GABA(B) receptors. In this work the ontogeny of rat anterior pituitary GABA(B) receptors and the pattern of subunit expression in rats of both sexes were determined. Western blot analysis showed a temporal decrease in GABA(B) subunits GABA(B(1a)) and GABA(B(1b)) expression in female anterior pituitary membranes from day 4 to adulthood, with GABA(B(1a)) being significantly more abundant than GABA(B(1b)) at early stages of development; the GABA(B(2)) subunit was barely detectable. In the male, GABA(B(1a)) followed a similar pattern and appeared to be significantly less abundant than in 4- and 12-day-old females; GABA(B(1b)) and GABA(B(2)) expression in the male was barely detectable. Scatchard plot analysis showed a temporal decrease in binding sites in female anterior pituitary membranes, in agreement with the western blot results. The number of binding sites was significantly higher in female than in male 4-day-old membranes. Dissociation constant values were similar for both sexes at all ages studied. This study reports for the first time the ontogeny of anterior pituitary GABA(B) receptors, showing a particular developmental pattern of subunit expression and a clear sexual dimorphism.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Division of Physiology > Molecular Neurobiology Synaptic Plasticity (Bettler)
UniBasel Contributors:Bettler, Bernhard
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Pergamon Press
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